WICHITA — It was a relatively quiet day for the McPherson High girls track and field team on Friday in the State Outdoor Championships at Cessna Stadium as the big points are expected to be scored today.
MHS’ Emma Ruddle did make a splash by qualifying first in the 100 hurdles in a terrific time of 14.59. Morgan Howard also advanced in the event by qualifying fourth in 15.26. Avery Howard missed the finals as she was 11th in 16.16.
Also, the MHS 4 x 100 relay team qualified for the finals, which included Ruddle, Howard, Elle Barrett and Rilynn Anderson. They were fifth in 50.05.
In other track prelims, Kenzie Goering was 13th in the 200 and Kamryn Collins was 16th in the 400 as they did not move on. In the field, Megan Eisenbarth was 14th in the discus.
MHS is expecting big points today in the jumping events. Barrett is the defending state champion in the long jump and triple jump, but the competition appears to be much more talented this year. Kenzie Goering also should score points in those two events. In the triple jump, the top four could be Barrett and Goering along with two jumpers from Jefferson West as they have the best four marks going in. Andover Central’s Jewell Bolden is the long jump favorite as she’s perhaps the best in Kansas in any class.
For the MHS boys, Tyson Stites advanced to today’s 110 hurdle finals by taking the eighth and final spot in 15.64. Andric McGill was 11th in the long jump in 20-6 as he fouled on two of his three attempts. The 4 x 100 relay team of McGill, Brandon Yowell, Jace Kinnamon and Talyn Huff was 10th in 43.95.